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Double D Hosts Fourth Breakfast With Babies



by Susan F. Harris

In recent years, one of the most highly anticipated events during the week of Lexington Junior League Horse Show is Double D Ranch’s Breakfast With Babies. On Saturday morning, July 14, several hundred Saddlebred enthusiasts made the short trek from Lexington to Versailles for the fourth year in a row. 

Each year the event grows and becomes an even more elaborate production. This year, one of the pastures was converted into a temporary parking lot complete with golf cart shuttles. The area for showcasing stallions and babies was moved in order to accommodate the larger audience. Guests were given custom logo tote bags with printed materials included.

Once again serving as emcee, “Mr. All American Cup” Jim Aikman announced to appreciative applause that the All American Cup now has more that $1.0 million dollars in the bank. He further stated that this year’s winning weanling will earn $53,000. He reminded the group that the first All American Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Cup will take place in 2008 with first place worth $56,000.

Double D stands world champion sire Sir William Robert for owner Tom Galbreath. But before seeing the now-veteran sire, the audience was treated to two young stallions standing at Double D. The first on view was Sir of York (Sir William Robert x Yorkshire Skies). With flaxen mane and tail sparkling in the bright sunlight, this gorgeous young stud boasts WGC CH Sky Watch and Yorkshire Pudding (dam of Reedann’s Top Gun, Castle Bravo, Northern Blue, Deep Blue) on his dam’s side.

 


Sir of York

 

Charmed & Bewitched captivated the crowd with his presence and beauty. By CH Santana’s Charm and out of world’s champion producer Belle’s Bewitched, Charmed and Bewitched is a full brother to CH Mercer Raceabout, CH Belleavanti, Pisgah Pike, Oceanfront, and others. Standing his first season, this impressive young stallion is under the new ownership of Jennie Graham and Vickie Keatley who were introduced to the crowd.

 


Charmed & Bewitched


(l. to r.) Jennie Graham, Cindy Peyton, Vickie Keatley,
and Danielle Peyton


And then there was Sir William Robert, the marquee stallion whose offspring’s records in the All American Cup and various futurities have been nothing short of spectacular. It seems that he’s been around “forever,” and one has to be reminded that his oldest offspring are only three-year-olds this year. Although he is now Double D’s senior stallion, Sir William Robert is still a very young eight-years-old with an unlimited future ahead.

 


Sir William Robert

 

After Sir William Robert was taken back to the barn, the baby parade began. All of the royally bred and beautifully turned out weanlings were by Sir William Robert. The first to catch the crowd’s fancy was Heir Rifle who is out of Lovely Heirloom, dam of world’s champions CH Kool Tyme BH, Our Sunbeam, and RWC In Due Time.



Heir Rifle

 

Next up was the gleaming dark liver chestnut, Lady Elizabeth James. She is out of Sconset, a Periaptor daughter whose first and second dams were world title holders.

 

Tango Cat is a big, strapping bright chestnut colt who let the crowd know he’ll be force to be reckoned with. Out of (SA) Hi-C Tango’s Classic Elegance, a former South African champion yearling, Tango Cat is a full brother to My Roberta, the 2006 ASR Two-Year-Old Park Pleasure Sweepstakes winner.

  


Tango Cat

 

Sir Don Juan, an elegant dark chestnut colt nicely trimmed with two hind whites, is sure to steal hearts as his name implies. This colt is out Scarfiotti, the dam of WC My Elegance On Parade and WC Tango For Tips.

 


Sir Don Juan

 

Whispers ‘N Rumors had a real “look at me” attitude. He is out of the South African three-gaited champion (SA) Pay-Stick Yoko’s Whisperer.

 

Belle Of Royalty is a gorgeous filly out of the grand world’s champion Belle Of The Abbey, who was shown to her world titles by Phillip Galbreath. This royally bred (and well-named) filly has 18 BHF’s in her first five generations!

 


Belle Of Royalty

 

Sir Scandalous entertained a few spectators in his stall before the official show with his dam on the receiving end of his well-placed hind hooves. He tried to continue living up to his name when brought out, but did stop long enough to let the crowd know why he is now under Susan Whittington’s proud ownership. Out of the young mare Tango With Me LCC, this impressive colt’s second dam produced CH Trapp Mountain.

 


Sir Scandalous

 

Last but certainly not least, a sunny bundle of energy burst out onto the lawn. Sir Radiant Knight is out of the RWC Radiant Dianna, herself out of the legendary Sultan’s Dianna (BHF). This sensational colt provided a fitting finale posing like a seasoned futurity champion, tail flagging up over his back.

 


Sir Radiant Knight

 

After the last weanling, everyone was treated to one more look at Sir William Robert… the eagerly anticipated under-saddle exhibition. Instead of indoors, as in previous years, Dena and Robert tore up the outdoor track that surrounded the crowd. Sir William Robert’s display of power and talent under the bright summer sun was the perfect icing on the cake to a most enjoyable morning.   


Sir William Robert and Dena Lopez









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